Interesting Fact...

In the wild, Boa Constrictors are a very different snake to work with. I fondly recall spending some time in St. Lucia with a National Geographic film crew and the staff of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade KY, collecting DNA samples from the Boas found on the island - Boa orophias (or the St. Lucian Boa Constrictor), as well as venom samples from the St. Lucian Lancehead - Bothrops carribeus.

These Boas were all between 6 and 9 feet in length... and man did they have an attitude! Mouths gaping open, extreme hissing - they resembled the air being let out of a car tire. They also made valiant efforts to introduce their impressive teeth to any part of my body they could reach!


Terry Phillip with Rough Scaled Python Photo Gallery

From the Collection...

Albino Boa Constrictor (Kahl Line)

Albino Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictors have historically been one of the most popular and best suited medium sized pet snakes.


Specs


In captivity these Boas are generally a very calm, inquisitive, and incredible snake to work with.

Boas have been bred to include a number of beautiful color morphs, but in my opinion, the albino boa is one of the most beautiful - a striking variation of yellow and orange.

As with many Pythons and Boas, the males are generally smaller than females, and reach lengths of 5-7 feet. Females are routinely 6-8 feet in length, but the girls have the potential to reach an impressive size of 9 and 10 feet in length!

Collection Details


Albino Boas were first bred by Pete Kahl in 1993, and are now bred in sufficiently large numbers to bring the price down to a reasonable sum. This has not only allowed breeders or hopeful breeders of these snakes to own them, but has also introduced them into the pet snake market. This is wonderful news - I think everyone should have one of these guys!

Care must be taken with these Boas, as with all medium to large Boids, to avoid a bite during a feeding event. Conditioned food responses and the subsequent bites from an adult Boa are something to be avoided - no fun at all!